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New Year's News!!!

We are pleased to announce that we now have an “App” both for Apple and Android devices so that the McGill Office for Science and Society’s nifty and sometimes quirky science can always be at your fingertips. The Apps are free and can be downloaded here:   For Apple devices, download the app at:  https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/office-for-science-society/id779488353?mt=8   

Published on : 06 Jan 2014

CSI: Dr. Oz’s Questionable Wizardry

SKEPTICAL INQUIRER: Miracles are pretty rare events. Except on television’s Dr. Oz Show, where they appear with astonishing frequency. Oz of course doesn’t claim to raise the dead or part the Red Sea, but he does raise people’s hopes of parting with their flab. And he’s certainly not shy about flinging the word miracle about. But it seems miracles fade as quickly as they appear.

Published on : 29 Dec 2013

McGill's "Food for Thought"

The year was 1982. "Food for Thought", a new and innovative course conceived by Drs. David Harpp, Joe Schwarcz & Ariel Fenster. Designed to provoke some thought, separate fact from fiction and of course, digest everything there is to know about food. And now, 17,000 students later, you too can take this course. FOR FREE. That's right. McGill presents its very-first MOOC (massive open online course), & the McGill Office for Science and Society (OSS) is up at bat. Are you ready for some Food for Thought?

Published on : 23 Oct 2013

Michael Specter: Irrational rejection of science threatening our lives

Information is the key to life. We want to know what to eat, how to protect our environment, what risks to avoid and what to do if illness strikes. But when it comes to acquiring information, it is the best of times and the worst of times. It is the age of wisdom, it is the age of foolishness. Newspapers, television, radio and of course the Internet bombard us with information at an unprecedented rate, but when it comes to scientific issues the quality of the information is variable.

Published on : 17 Oct 2013

Visit the Redpath Museum via videoconference

The Redpath Museum now offers videoconferences to school groups of any grade or age level. Visit the Museum without having to take a field trip! Choose from three presentations: Meet the Triceratops, Egyptian Life, or Quebec Biodiversity. The sessions are streamed live, last one hour, and feature a museum educator in the Redpath Museum galleries.

Classified as : External
Published on : 20 Aug 2013

Forbes: Dr. Schwarcz comments on whether natural products can protect us from mosquitos with West Nile Virus

Almost 40,000 people in the United States developed West Nile virus last year and 1,549 died because of it. Compare that to 1999, the first year the disease was seen in North America, when only 62 people were reported infected.

Published on : 19 Jul 2013

Webcasts, Mini-Science 2013

Selected lectures from Mini-Science 2013: Science, Sex, and Gender are now available as webcasts and podcasts. Listen or watch, when you want, where you want, at no charge!

Classified as : Staff, Faculty, External, Students
Published on : 18 Jul 2013

Graduate research symposium draws high-profile keynote speakers

Edmonton—Graduate students in the Faculty of Engineering will have the opportunity to get the inside track on communicating with non-technical audiences and tech commercialization during the Faculty of Engineering Graduate Research Symposium. Keynote speakers Joe Schwarcz and Peter Hackett will share their experiences and expertise with symposium attendees and volunteers.

Classified as : External, Joe Schwarcz, OSS
Published on : 20 Jun 2013

USA Today: Dr. Joe Schwarcz comments on "toxic" chemicals

How safe is your shampoo, sofa or shirt? Campaign will soon launch efforts to get ten major U.S. retailers to phase out potentially "toxic" products. Dr. Joe Schwarcz comments on when "toxic" really "toxic." 

Published on : 10 Apr 2013

Dateline NBC: Dr. Joe Schwarcz on "Hormone Disruptors"

Dr. Joe Schwarcz sits down with NBC News' Andrea Canning to take a look at "hormone disruptors", chemicals potentially found in everyday objects that can affect our health. Question is, are they really something to worry about?  Watch it here. 

Published on : 29 Mar 2013

Review of "The Right Chemistry" by Dr. Harriet Hall

Dr. Harriet Hall, also known as the SkepDoc, reviews Dr. Joe Schwarcz' latest book, "The Right Chemistry," and concludes that both him and his book do it just right. To read the review, please click here.

Published on : 27 Feb 2013

Homeopathy Debate: Follow-up Questions/Answers by Joe Schwarcz & Andre Saine

A note from Dr. Joe Schwarcz: After our November 26 debate Andre Saine and I agreed to ask each other questions that would be answered in writing and posted on our websites. Mine were ready a few days after the event; I have just received Andre’s. Because I had agreed to post his answers, I am doing so here with some trepidation. The reason is that there is some dangerous advice here about antibiotics and malaria prophylaxis, but I think our readers will see through this.

Published on : 14 Feb 2013

What You Think You Know (but Don't) About Healthy Eating

By Jane Brody, The New York Times Let’s start the new year on scientifically sound footing by addressing some nutritional falsehoods that circulate widely in cyberspace, locker rooms, supermarkets and health food stores. As a result, millions of people are squandering hard-earned dollars on questionable, even hazardous foods and supplements. 

Classified as : Staff, Faculty, External, Students
Published on : 07 Feb 2013

VIDEO: Debate follow-up with Joe Schwarcz & Andre Saine

Click here to see some follow-up on the second debate on Alternative Medicine, Homeopathy: Mere Placebo or Great Medicine?

Published on : 20 Dec 2012

Announcing the 2012 recipients of the AUCC Students for Development awards

The Internship Offices Network is pleased to announce that McGill University was awarded eight Students for Development awards for the summer 2012, as part of its multi-year projects with Green Power and Nexos Voluntarios, through the AUCC Students for Development competition (AUCC-SFD), funded by CIDA.

Classified as : Staff, Faculty, External, Students
Published on : 12 Apr 2012